Cynthia Gómez Named State Star

 Cynthia Gómez-Courtesy photo

By Laura Nelson

Cynthia Gómez of Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College’s Small Business Development Center recently received the 2017 State Star Award from the America’s Small Business Development Center.

Ms. Gómez joined RGC’s SBDC team in 2006. She earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration and a Master’s of Business Administration from Texas A&M International University. In 2017, she documented more than 1,300 advising hours, helped clients create and retain 203 jobs, and offered guidance to 58 small business owners during start-up or expansion. She also helped clients obtain more than $1.5 million in capital. Based on client impact, these exceptional numbers indicate she outperformed other advisers in Texas which earned her the prestigious award. She will travel to Washington D.C. this fall to be honored with other recipients from other state winners.

Cynthia is quick to give credit to others and said, “Together with the support of my team members, including our administrative staff and Center Director, Liz Peña, we are helping people reach their dreams of starting and expanding their businesses. The greatest reward is helping our clients. Our program gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop and grow. I take great pride in being part of the SBDC and providing businesses with innovative programs, ideas, and resources.”

In 2017, Rio Grande College’s SBDC staff helped start and expand more than 194 businesses, helped create 507 jobs and retain 194 jobs all while recording more than 5,500 hours advising business owners. A part of the South-West Texas Border Small Business Center Development Network, RGC SBDC provides support for small business in Dimmit, Edwards, LaSalle, Maverick, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, and Zavala counties.

“I am so proud of all the things Cynthia does for her clients every day. Her contributions towards small business success will be recognized at the national level this fall,” said Ms. Peña.

Small business owners are encouraged to contact SBDC to discover the no cost business advising services available. Call 830.758.5022 to set up an appointment.